Can an Airbus A321XLR kill NMA’s business case?

By Bjorn Fehrm

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Introduction

August 16, 2018, © Leeham News.: Airbus is working on improving the A321LR so it can fly more of the missions Boeing’s NMA is aimed for, according to Aviation Week. By it, Airbus could ideally make the NMA business case a No-Go.

To understand how much of the NMA market an A321XLR can address we need to understand the limitations of the A321LR and what can be done about them. And how fast such improvements could be implemented.

Summary:

  • The A321LR is limited in both Take-Off Weight and fuel capacity to fly further than today’s aircraft.
  • How to lift these limitations without imposing large changes is the subject of this week’s article and a follow-up article next week.

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